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Prof. Lehlohonolo Tlou
Executive Director

Prof. Tlou is co-Founder of the Centre for Regional Integration in Africa who worked alongside the late Prof. SKB Asante (Founder) to develop the institutional foundation of CRIA.

Prof. Tlou is an expert resource scholar in the field of regional integration and has managed considerable research in capacity building of non-state actors to effectively engage in public policy dialogue and deliberation, in order to expand the ecosystem of African integration and to build consensus around public policies, which also deepens democratic processes.

A former director of the citizen capacity development unit at the Institute for Democratic Governance (IDEG), based in Accra, Ghana, Prof. Tlou is also the pioneering Coordinator of the Governance Issues Forum (GIF), a mechanism for institutionalising civic participation in policy dialogue throughout the administrative regions of Ghana.

Prof. Tlou has over 30+ years academic experience in effectively handling undergraduate and graduate courses on Regional Integration, International Relations, Gender, and African Politics at the University of Virginia, Virginia Tech and Longwood University in the United States; and in Ghana at the University of Ghana’s Legon Centre for International Affairs and Diplomacy (LECIAD), Kofi Annan International Peacekeeping and Training Centre (KAIPTC), and Ghana Armed Forces Command and Staff College (GAFCSC). She is a principal lecturer in the joint CRIA-GIMPA degree programmes, namely: Master of Arts in Regional Integration and African Development (MRIAD) and the Executive Master of Arts in Regional Integration and African Development (EMRIAD).